The METRO Red Line was the first bus rapid transit (BRT) in the Twin Cities region. BRT is an enhanced bus service. It provides faster travel and higher reliability through:
- Frequent service
- Shoulder lane operation
- Off board fare collection
- Traffic signal priority
The METRO Red Line provides all-day service to major commercial and employment centers along Cedar Avenue. It also connects to local MVTA and Metro Transit service that provide access throughout western Dakota County and Hennepin County.
In addition to these service improvements, the shoulder lanes constructed for METRO Red Line operation facilitate faster operation of express bus service on Cedar Avenue (County Road 23/Highway 77), allowing buses to operate out of automobile traffic and mitigating roadway congestion for users.
Service and schedule
METRO Red Line Service is operated by the Metropolitan Council and serves stations maintained by Metro Transit and MVTA.
Service currently operates every 30 minutes between 3:45 a.m. to midnight seven days a week Full schedule information is available from Metro Transit.